Two weeks ago we released version 2.4 of Glottolog - our comprehensive language catalog and bibliography. This update includes the addition of 76 languages resulting in moderate corrections of the classification , as well as two changes which are worth highlighting: 68131 new references and a new collaborative curation model.
The first results of our agreement with publisher De Gruyter are 68131 new references, representing about 3900 books and 4900 journal issues on language and linguistics published by De Gruyter.
While a lot of these references are somewhat different from the typically descriptive works collected so far in Glottolog and most of them cannot readily be associated with any language, we still think this is an important step towards fulfilling Glottolog's claim of comprehensiveness.
The second big step we took with Glottolog 2.4 is a new way of data curation. So far, feedback about and collaboration on the Glottolog data has been almost exclusively restricted to sending emails to the editors. As of version 2.4, the Glottolog data is curated in a Git repository on GitHub.
This means, that work on Glottolog becomes a lot more transparent - in particular in between releases; and even more importantly the big catalyst for collaboration that is GitHub can be harnessed for work on Glottolog:
With clld/glottolog-data the authoritative raw source of the data and glottolog.org the authoritative access point to releases of this repository, there are still more ways to get at Glottolog data, recognizing the different requirements of our users: